The Faribault Parks and Recreation Department is excited to once again offer a jam-packed summer concert series. The series is held on Thursday nights, June 18 - Aug. 20, at 7 p.m. in Faribault’s Central Park, located behind Fareway Foods.
This year, due to COVID-19, the department can only offer these concerts with public cooperation, and all participants must comply with Minnesota Department of Health regulations.
A limit of 250 people will be enforced at Central Park, and social distancing is required.
2020 Concerts in the Park artist biographies
June 18 - Gold Star Band (at Central Park)
The Gold Star Band is a group of six Mankato-area musicians who love playing classic and current country music. With nearly 200 years of band experience, the band consists of Brenda Kopischke and Lynda Kiesler on vocals, Howard Mock, Gary Pfeiffer and Frank Howard on guitar, and Brian Jentges on drums. Howard and Brian are members of the MN Music Hall of Fame—Howard with "Sandra Lee & The Velvets," and Brian with "The Shaw Band."
June 25 - Little Chicago (at Central Park)
Little Chicago is a cover band for hits of the 1960s and 1970s, based in New Prague, Minnesota. The band has informally been together for over 15 years, but only in the past couple years has begun to play more regularly around the Twin Cities area. The horn band plays pop/rock music, with a smattering of country and features hits by such famous groups as Chicago, Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Grass Roots, the Union Gap, Dusty Springfield, and more.
July 2 – Lakelanders Barbershop (at Central Park)
The artistic form formerly known as the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Singing in America - aka SPEBSQSA - is now known as Barbershop Harmony Society. Either way, it is a hobby that has thrilled men to their very marrow since the 1930s, and it’s something the Lakelanders refuse to let go of. Based on sound-singing through world-class coaching and the barbershop style, you can’t find a better acapella singing experience. Our mission is to contribute to Faribault area women’s shelters through singing – and we’ve expanded our chorus to 50 men singing on the risers to be better able to support our philanthropic support of area women’s shelters.
July 9 - The Roe Family Singers (at Central Park)
For 15 years, Kim & Quillan Roe have made music together, starting at a tribute to the then-recently-deceased Johnny & June Carter Cash. In 2011, they won the prestigious McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians and decided that they would try life as full-time musicians—using the McKnight Fellowship to help fund their first year—and have been making music their full-time work ever since. Quillan Roe is the descendant of Kentucky horse-thieves and a long line of Appalachian and Ozark fiddlers on his mother’s side; and an equally long line of evangelists, poets, and writers on his father’s side. He’s been playing in bands for nearly three decades, with his first professional band, Accident Clearinghouse, launching in 1992.
July 16 – Long Time Gone (at Central Park)
The “Golden Era” of bluegrass may be a long time gone — but not to the members of Long Time Gone. This band brings back to life the classic bluegrass hits of the 1950s, hearkening back to an era when Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs and The Stanley Brothers ruled the country airwaves. Anchored by the soulful voice of Leo Rosenstein (mandolin), Ben Manning (guitar) and Katryn Conlin (string bass) anchor the band’s rhythm section while three of the region’s leading instrumentalists, Barry St. Mane (banjo), Mark Kreitzer (dobro) and Mike Hildebrandt (fiddle), trade dazzling breaks.
July 23 - Everett Smithson Band (at Central Park)
The Everett Smitherson Band brings you music from up and down the big river with the Music of the Mississippi show. Zydeco (swamp rock), blues, rackability and roots music is the focus of this band, which has a soulful creole flavor that will bring a party atmosphere to any show they play. For over 10 years this band has been touring the Midwest, spreading their word and bringing grooves to people all over.
July 30 – Tony Rook Band (at Central Park)
Tony was 12 years old when he first picked up a guitar. But it was well before that that the North Carolina native decided he wanted to perform. Before long, the singer/songwriter was playing with several bands in the North Carolina area, most notably The Eno Ramblers, and then Rook and Wood, who in 2000 released the CD, “Labor of Love,” containing 14 original tunes. In 2006, Tony was transferred to Minnesota, but quickly jumped into its bluegrass scene. He also plays guitar, and sings lead and tenor with Dick Kimmel & Co. His first solo project, “The Road Back Home” was released in early 2016. He’s joined by Brent Fuqua — mandolin and vocals; Terry Johnson — upright bass and vocals; and Graham Sones — five-string banjo and vocals.
Aug. 6 – Kidsdance (at Central Park)
Kidsdance is America’s interactive DJ service for kids! Kidsdance performances are receiving rave reviews among community leaders, principals, teachers, parents and kids alike. Kidsdance has a format that can target all ages - toddler, teen & everyone in between.
Aug. 13 - Bend in the River (at Central Park)
Bend in the River is currently one of the Twin Cities top jazz big bands. The band originated in St. Peter, MN when the majority of the players were college classmates under Dr. Mark Lammers. Included in their big band repertoire are the sounds of Duke Ellington and Count Basie to the best jazz and big band composers of today. Faribault began booking the ensemble when they first started playing, and they often return because of the loyal crowd they’ve developed. They play here for a greatly reduced fee.
Aug. 20 - Jivin’ Ivan and the Kings of Swing (at River Bend Nature Center)
Jivin’ Ivan and The Kings of Swing have been making music together for over a decade. The six-person band includes Renaissance Man Ivan Whillock, Hall of Fame and Violinist Extraordinaire Michael Hildebrandt, Piano Man Doug Madow, Bassist Paul Ousley, Drummer Mark Whillock and Vocalist Dallas Musselman. Music from the Golden Era performed with flair and expertise. Listen, or dance to a swing combo that lights up the stage and gets your feet moving.